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Palestinian Challenges Abduction By Israeli
Occupation Forces As Illegal, a Precedent for 8,000 Political Prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner Challenges Arrest By Israeli
Forces As 'illegal Extradition'
Sunday April 24, 2011 10:34 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
A Palestinian who was abducted Friday outside of Nablus in a joint
operation by Israeli military and police forces has
challenged his abduction on the grounds that
Israeli police were acting “outside of Israel” by abducting him in the
Occupied West Bank, and that this renders his abduction illegal under
An Israeli judge has
allowed the lawyer of Mohamed Beni Gama (could also be written as
Muhammed Bin Juma'a) lawyer to submit the argument, which
could have broad implications for some of the
8,000 Palestinians currently imprisoned inside Israel. .
According to an Israeli police spokesperson, Beni Gama's case could
potentially provide a precedent for other Palestinians to appeal their
cases based on the same grounds.
Palestinians are regularly
abducted by Israeli forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (the
West Bank and Gaza Strip), with an average of 200 taken per month into
Israeli prison facilities (this number is based on a compilation of
daily news reports, averaged over time).
According to Beni Gama's
lawyer, Nachmi Finblatt, the use of Israeli police in the Palestinian
Territories is equivalent to sending domestic police into a foreign
country to arrest a suspect, asking rhetorically, “Would the police
consider abducting a French national from France if they suspected him
of breaking into a business in Israel?”
Beni Gama is a suspect in
a case of 'breaking and entering' in Israel. In charges such as these,
if the suspect is abroad, a special request must be made to the Attorney
General's office to extradite them from the foreign country, and the
government of that country must be informed and involved.
case of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the
'government' of the Palestinian Territories is the Israeli military,
which has occupied the land since 1967. The 'Palestinian Authority' has
no real authority, as it does not control the land, borders, air, water
or governance of the Palestinian Territories.
If Beni Gama is
found by the Israeli court to have been illegally extradited from the
Palestinian Territories, the ruling will have wide implications.
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